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Will swimming aggravate an ear infection?

Will swimming aggravate an ear infection?

Depends: If it's an outer ear infection (otitis externa), you definitely shouldn't swim. If it's middle ear infection (otitis media), it's not likely to be an issue. The inner ear is another matter altogether since this affects your balance & orientation. Check with a local ENT to see which type of infection you have & get specific advice. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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2nd ear infection same ear in 2 months. Cleared up now returned, frustrating, swim 3 days a week used aqua ear after swimming. Why the re-occurrence?

2nd ear infection same ear in 2 months. Cleared up now returned, frustrating, swim 3 days a week used aqua ear after swimming. Why the re-occurrence?

In or out?: Swimmers ear is considered an external ear infection and is very common. You need antibiotic drops not oral Cephalexin (i saw that as one of your current meds). If you have an infection on your eardrum, it is probably not related to swimming. ...Read more

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My son is ten years old and has been swimming alot. He went to the doctor and has no ear infection, but earlobe hurts and his a little puffy.?

My son is ten years old and has been swimming alot. He went to the doctor and has no ear infection, but earlobe hurts and his a little puffy.?

Earlobe pain: Earlobe pain and swelling can be due to: allergy (put cold ice on it); insect bite (mosquito, spider, tick, etc) irritation from chemicals/irritants; infection (usually swollen & red & painful to touch); if MD did not see an infection, likely one of other causes. ...Read more

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My 5yr old is prone to ear infections. Could swimming increase his chances of gettin them? At his age would tubes still be a possibility, consult ENT?

My 5yr old is prone to ear infections. Could swimming increase his chances of gettin them? At his age would tubes still be a possibility, consult ENT?

Different issues: The middle ear otitis that benefits from tubes is different from the canal infections that come with swimming. Middle ear infections are head size related and fade as the kids eustachian tubes enlarge with age. Swimmer's ear is related to time in the pool and retention of water after swimming. Remove the water and end the problem. Tubes would have no benefit. ...Read more

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3 ear infections in a row (over 2mths) for 2.5 & 3.5 year olds. Also had cold symptoms cough and runny nose. Started with swimming. Caused by it?

3 ear infections in a row (over 2mths) for 2.5 & 3.5 year olds. Also had cold symptoms cough and runny nose. Started with swimming. Caused by it?

Swimming usually ok: Swimming CAN cause EXTERNAL ear infections (probably not what they had). Likely the culprit was a viral syndrome (cold with cough & runny nose). Repeat infections are not uncommon. But also keep in mind that it can takes months for the fluid to resolve from behind the eardrum, which can cause continued hearing issues and discomfort, and is NOT a re-infection, but is often misdiagnosed as such. ...Read more

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Could you really go deaf from an ear infection?

Could you really go deaf from an ear infection?

Depends: Viral infections of the ear nerve (inner ear) can produce deafness by destroying the sensitive hair cells. The common middle ear infections, if untreated, can lead to conductive hearing loss, which is partial and sometimes reversible. ...Read more

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Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Child with ear infection can go up high altitudes?

Yes: Sometimes the altitude change is not felt as much when there is fluid behind the eardrum, such as when an ear is infected. Sometimes it is more painful. Give pain medication and treat the infection as directed. ...Read more

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Will tinnitus go away when a ear infection is cured?

Possibly: May be. If it doesn't, seek a dentist expert in treating TMJ disorder. One of the reasons for tinnitus - ringing in the ears - is teeth clenching. Trigeminal nerve that controls jaw closing muscles also has a branch that controls tensor tympani muscle that controls ear drum tension. Hence the connection. ...Read more

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How to get rid of an ear infection so I can go to bangkok?

How to get rid of an ear infection so I can go to bangkok?

See your doctor: You have to consult your doctor to diagnose and treat the infection with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Should I go to school with an ear infection? Is it contagious at all?

Yes/no: If you feel well enough to attend and benefit from a class you are free to go. Ear infections are not contagious. Any cold or other problem you bay have in addition to the ear infection might be. ...Read more

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I have a chronic ear infection responding to no antibiotic yet. What's going to happen? I'm nervous.

I have a chronic ear infection responding to no antibiotic yet. What's going to happen? I'm nervous.

See an ENT doctor: Have you been diagnosed with a middle ear infection (otitis media) or an external infection (otitis externa)? Google these terms to understand the differences. Or do you have water in your ear (serous otitis media)? Ask your doctor for a referral to an ENT doctor, or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Was given 3 arithro for ear infection on thursday today it doesn't feel any better should I go back to doc or give it more time?

Give it more time: Azithromycin is a great antibiotic because a 3 day course is like taking a week of antibiotics, however it doesn't work any "faster" than a traditional course of antibiotics! Also some of your ear symptoms may be related to pressure/fluid in the ear unrelated to your infection. This can take a while to clear. If you're not feeling better in a week give your doctor a call! ...Read more

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Every time I go on a ferry I suffer with the feeling that I'm still on a ferry for more than a week afterwards no sign of ear infection any ideas?

Every time I go on a ferry I suffer with the feeling that I'm still on a ferry for more than a week afterwards no sign of ear infection any ideas?

Mgt: You may have an inner ear problem. I would suggest a follow up with ENT. If you have any nausea, vomiting or weakness in your limbs, imaging may be indicated.
If there is a problem hearing, a hearing evaluation and exam is suggested. ...Read more

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Child says ear keeps poping and looks like she has a little fluid coming from ear. More likely allergies or ear infection? Does she need go to dr?

Child says ear keeps poping and looks like she has a little fluid coming from ear. More likely allergies or ear infection? Does she need go to dr?

Yes: If your complains of ear popping and fluid coming from ear, better be checked out by her doctor, good luck ...Read more

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Woke up with a horrible ear infection I get them all the time I am 19 and a non smoker don't really want to go to the doctors any in homewaystotreat?

Really. ..: My recommendation is to see an ear, nose and throat doctor. Recurrent ear infections can be treated effectively. Please, do so before problems with ear function (hearing and balance specifically) are affected. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have an ear infection and I don't have the time to go to the doc at home I have Insurance for Meds I looked up all my Symptoms and it all comes back to a ear infection so I don't know what to do I live in Tyler tx BTW?

I'm pretty sure I have an ear infection and I don't have the time to go to the doc at home I have Insurance for Meds I looked up all my Symptoms and it all comes back to a ear infection so I don't know what to do I live in Tyler tx BTW?

Only doc prescribe: Hello Harold
I understand that you have a busy schedule, but only a physician/nurse practitioner can prescribe antibiotics. So no pharmacy will just hand you antibiotics with a prescription.
I am not affiliated with this urgent care clinic (http://www. Tylerurgentcare. Com/contact. Htm) but since you are in Tyler tx you could call them tomorrow (8:00 am - 4:00pm) for an appointment. ...Read more

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What to do for a ear infection that isn't going away?

What to do for a ear infection that isn't going away?

Antobiotics ful cour: You need to consult your doctor or ENT specialist as you will need proper antibiotics by mouth in appropriate dose and full course, the ntibiotic has to be broader spectrum to cover most offending organisms. Ent doctor may be able to obtain a culture to narrow the choice of appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you go to school with ear infection?

Can you go to school with ear infection?

Yes: There is no reason to alter a normal schedule for an ear infection.If the discomfort is such that the student could not focus on the material being studied, it would be reasonable to sit out until he or she is more comfortable. It is not contagious to others. ...Read more

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How long does inner ear infection take to go away?

OM: Symptoms of ear infection should resolve in 2 -3 days. Complete resolution of ear fluids may take up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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What should I do to make an inner ear infection go a way quicker?

Otitis media?: Do you mean an infection behind the eardrum, often called otitis media? A true "inner ear" infection is rare and serious. It involves the labyrinth/cochlea which is the sensory organ that transduces sound into electrical signals transmitted to your brain. Otitis media will often resolve quickly with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to school tomorrow with an ear infection?

Depends: The ear infection is not contagious to others so that is not an issue. Whether you will feel well enough to engage in class and learn anything productive is a separate issue. Some schools will hassle you for any missed days, so in balance, consider how you feel and go if you are up to it. ...Read more

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Aside from going to the doctors, what can I do for an ear infection?

Depends: If there is no pain then you can wait it out for 2 or 3 days. If there is pus behind the ear drum or pain then an antibiotic will be needed to attack the infection. ...Read more

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Why does my ear infection hurt more at night before going to bad, and in the morning when I get up?

Why does my ear infection hurt more at night before going to bad, and in the morning when I get up?

Congestion: Is what makes it hurt more towards the extremes of the day, keep taking your medicines, ask your doctor for a decongestant or nose sprays to help ease the congestion and open up the Eustachian tubes that drain the middle ears into the throat, meanwhile you can use saline nasal washes and salt water gargles, best wishes ...Read more

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How long should it take for ear infection to go away when treated with bacrium and ciprodex drops?

How long should it take for ear infection to go away when treated with bacrium and ciprodex drops?

Improvement is rapid: If infection is a true cause of symptoms, then some improvement should be noticed within days with more complete resolution in 5-10days. ...Read more

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I've got an internal ear infection. Are there any antibotics or some kind of medicine to make it go away?

I've got an internal ear infection. Are there any antibotics or some kind of medicine to make it go away?

Define "inner ear": Most use the term inner ear to indicate the ear nerve, which can suffer from viral infections. There is no regular treatment. The middle ear that suffers from bacterial and viral infections responds to a variety of antibiotics when necessary. Evaluation by a primary care provider is needed to select the specific cause and treatment. ...Read more

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I know I have an ear infection it even hurts when I chew. Will I also be put on pain meds when I go to Dr?

I know I have an ear infection it even hurts when I chew. Will I also be put on pain meds when I go to Dr?

Possibly: Try Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain. Once your doctor has exaimed your ear he/she may advise Auralgan drops which work very well. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Infection (Definition)

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more